Six (+1) of our favorite Monkeybrain titles


by Gabriel Hardman

I'm mostly familiar with Gabriel Hardman's work from Boom!'s Planet of the Apes comics, but I couldn't tell from that what I should expect from Kinski. Whatever I should have expected, Kinski would have defied it anyway. Hardman's creating a story that's impossible to predict because it's about a person's deep affection for an animal. People will always do crazy things for someone they love, but Hardman takes Kinski beyond that by layering on additional complications. The dog Kinski doesn't legally belong to the main character, a man named Joe whose ability to concentrate on his career already seems to be suffering. Joe feels lost and Hardman makes sure I feel it too, so I understand when Joe emotionally latches on to the puppy for dear life. It's a set up for disaster, especially when Joe makes an unexpected connection with a woman who also turns out to be connected to the dog. There are a thousand things that could go wrong in this situation and though Hardman makes me feel right there with Joe the whole time, I don't know what's going to happen or even what I want to happen. I'm just along for the ride and that's a wonderful feeling to have in a serialized story. --Michael May

Masks & Mobsters: A Crime Anthology

by Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson, Jason Copland, Justin Greenwood, Ryan Cody and Seth Damoose

The gritty pulp/noir to this anthology makes it standout in comparison to many of the other Monkeybrain properties. Last week saw the release of the first trade collection (published by Image), that reveals a variety of artists (mainly Henderson) working together to document the early days of heroes that don masks and take on the mob. Told mainly from the perspective of the mobsters, the narrative point of view adds another element that makes these stories such a unque read. As much as I typically love four-color stories, I relish the heights that the artists take these black and white crime stories. --Tim O'Shea


by Curt Pires, Dalton Rose and Ryan Ferrier

There's been an influx of great "super science" comics over the last couple years, with Theremin joining the ranks of books like Manhattan Projects and Nowhere Men. Like the former, Theremin uses historical characters and puts them in very messed up situations in the name of science, discovery and world domination. Pires and Rose's story revolves around time travel in Russia circa the early 1900s, as a young scientist discovers the possibilities of using it to further Lenin's ambitions. Things, of course, go wrong along the way. Despite the heavy science focus, the story moves rather quickly, as our super scientist turns super assassin and does things like fight the United States' Satanic Chimp Death Cult. Yes, this comic had me at Satanic Chimp Death Cult. --JK Parkin

Thoughts on a Winter Morning

by Kurt Busiek, Steve Lieber and Dylan Todd

One of the unexpected surprises of Monkeybrain's first year was this resurrected and remastered story. There's something exhilarating about seeing two master craftsmen like Busiek and Lieber work in a genre not often associated with them. This autobiographical tale is a sincere and humble meditation on memory, childhood perception and nostalgia. Lieber is in full service of the story. He presents a detached accuracy and precision in the telling, so as not to overwhelm the narrative with sappy sentimentality, but he's not a robot about it - despite the cold winter setting, there's a soft warmth that helps make the whole thing a pleasure to read. They captured a beautiful moment of a new father's discoveries. --Corey Blake

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